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56. What We Focus on Matters

Find out why it matters more than we realize!

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What captures your focus these days? In this episode we take a look at why this matters and what we can do about our focus. Do we focus on the size of our problems or the size of our God? Julie shares a lesson she learned through an annoying chirping cricket! Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes. Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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On what is your focus? Today we're diving into the subject of focus, more specifically, the object of our focus. Throughout our days, what do we focus on? Our problems or solutions? The inconvenience of rain or its gift of watering the earth? Is our attention on God or the many distractions preventing us spending time with Him? Yes, what we focus on does matter.

The other morning as I was making my first cup of hot tea for the day, it began. The annoying chirping of a hidden cricket. In our home! Chirp, chirp, chirp. This is the season when a random cricket or two will somehow make its way into our home. But this happens every year, living out here in rural Iowa. And I go hunting each time until I find it.

I followed its annoying call. It grew louder as I approached the air vent on the floor in our dining room. The chirping continued. The sound came from the depths of the vent. The cricket was down in the duct, somewhere!

Chirp, chirp, chirp. I stood there for a moment, wondering how on earth I would get the cricket and stop its annoying call. But I soon realized there was no way I was going to locate him. So, I would just ignore the chirping and go on with my day. (Even though the thought of a cricket loose in our house creeped me out.) But what could I do?

All I could focus on was that annoying cricket! It was driving me bonkers! Chirp, chirp, chirp.

So, I did what any of us would do. I picked up my breakfast plate and tea and moved to my office where it was nice and quiet. No cricket. No sound. Just me and my breakfast.

But you know? This experience was a perfect object lesson for me.

What we focus on matters.

It matters what we focus our attention on. Who or what captures our attention?

In this episode share an example of focus from scripture and the results of the focus of those in the story, as well as what happened with the cricket in the air duct.

You'll find encouragement for your real life, right now.

I'll close with this quote by Peter McWilliams, "Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go." May we go in God's direction and may He be our reality every single day. I'm praying for us all in this today. What we focus on matters. Thank you for joining me today. God bless you!

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